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WEEK 36 2012

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Saturday 8 September 2012
Saturday - Didn't do much.

While cleaning up I unexpectedly found this in a bag,which (I think) came from a Fourth of July yard sale in Cayucos this year.

Yeah, it (they) actually existed, Popokkfa-class gun ships.

Here's a useful link: the books available for free (just one a month) via the Kindle Prime Lending Library program. I got the Prime membership a little less than a year ago, I'd have to say that it's paid for itself, even without this.

With the recent capitulation of Amazon to California, and the imposition of the very high state sales tax on the 15th, Amazon purchasing has become substantially less attractive, but Prime means that I can still get free shipping and a few other perks.

Yesterday the new Kindle Fire tablet(s) debuted, they look OK though the mandatory ad display would make it a non-starter for me. And it's still a bit of a walled garden, so the advantages of it over, say, an iPad, are debatable.

Friday 7 September 2012
Friday - Back in town. I arrived early enough (mid-afternoon) to intercept and pay my cat sitter, and relaxed in the evening. Not much going on. My other friends are out of town, at a wedding in Hanford, and another set are off to Visalia. It'll be a slow weekend, but I'm pretty tired, so that's cool.

Thursday 6 September 2012

Thursday - OTR.

Wednesday 5 September 2012

Wednesday  - OTR.

Tuesday 4 September 2012
Tuesday - OTR, down to Ventura. No updates for a few days...

Monday 3 September 2012

Monday - Labor Day. Yay. I've actually applied for a NASA job, again. I'm not major enthused at going back to the 9-to-5 grind - I prefer the freedom of working for myself - but I have to admit that business has been pretty darn slow. The adult in me says to try it, the kid in me is a little depressed. On the bright side, as I told friends that insisted I apply, that chances that NASA will take a has-been 50-something with a bachelor's over a young enthusiastic guy with (probably) a better education, degree and publication record is slim. They are getting hundreds and hundreds of applications for each opening - not a big surprise in this economy!

Not much else going on. Hot out, again. Did a bit of painting, but nothing major.

Book #76 was Whispers Under Ground, by Ben Aaronvitch. This is the third in the Rivers of London series, and I'm enjoying them. It's magic & modern police procedural woven together. Fun stuff.

Sunday 2 September 2012

Sunday - I was still pretty tired, a bit ill. Dang it. And it's Labor Day Weekend. Not that I had any big plans, but still...

I did do some more calculations of the salvage value of some water service items that a client is taking out of service, tanks and pump stations. Remembering and learning more about reading drawings - not something I was called upon to do much at NASA. I've been pecking away at this for a while, and it's getting to the point where it's mostly done I think. We'll see, I'll go down to Ventura and get some input this week. There are still a few mysteries and things to be done.

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Neil Armstrong, on the moon
Photo Notes: One of the few pictures of Neil Armstrong on the moon.

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